Bethlehem startup celebrates 10-year anniversary, recent expansion

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From left, Justin Lawyer, Patrick Clasen and Tim Marks are the founders of EcoTech Marine, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary today.
From left, Justin Lawyer, Patrick Clasen and Tim Marks are the founders of EcoTech Marine, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary today.

Ten years ago, the principals of EcoTech Marine were three recent college graduates trying to market an innovative new aquarium pump that utilized Bluetooth technology.

Today they are celebrating the success they've achieved since those early days, as well as their new, expanded facility in Allentown.

The company recently moved from the small 4,000-square-foot South Side Bethlehem facility where it started to a new 36,000-square-foot facility on Postal Road in Allentown.

"The last 10 years have been filled with challenges, achievements, rapid growth and new product introductions," said Patrick Clasen, co-founder. "We have evolved quickly, and, while we're proud of what we've achieved, we know it is just the beginning."

Since EcoTech Marine's 2003 launch, the company has experienced an impressive year-over-year annual growth rate, which caught the attention of Inc. and Newsweek. Both magazines highlighted the company in 2010: Inc. named it one of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the country, while Newsweek cited it as one the top 10 companies that grew from college ideas.

The company also was honored with multiple awards by Lehigh Valley Business, including the 2012 Fastest Growing Companies Award and 2010's Next Level Challenge honor.

Supporting its growth in the last 10 years, EcoTech Marine has earned support from a number of organizations, including Pennsylvania's Keystone Innovation Zone program, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the Agile Manufacturing Program of Lehigh University's Enterprise Systems Center and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance. The company also has received support from the City of Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp., Manufacturers' Resource Center and Northampton County.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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